Trajectory of US Policy in Vietnam Offers a Roadmap for the Mideast

As President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the lifting of the arms embargo to that country represents his "pivot to Asia," his simultaneous killing of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the Taliban leader in Pakistan, and the U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement of an assault to free Fallujah in Iraq illustrate why the […]

Dear Grads, Don’t Join the Military

Dear high school senior considering a military career, Graduation is coming up. You’re probably looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation, enjoyed with the peace of mind that your next few years are pretty much covered. Maybe you’re going to enlist soon, and then be off to basic training. Or perhaps you received an ROTC scholarship and […]

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles […]

Baghdad Claims Progress in Falluja; 164 Killed Across Iraq

Heavy fighting took place in the areas surrounding Falluja.

The Big Breakthrough

As Bob Dylan put it, “the times they are a changing!” – and that is certainly the case when it comes to the debate over US foreign policy this election season. A recent article in the Boston Globe, summarizing the observations of a group of Brown University students who tracked the foreign policy discourse of […]

Falluja Operation Begins; 219 Killed in Iraq

At least 219 people were killed in Iraq. An operation to capture Falluja has finally begun.

Protest Casualties Higher; 65 Killed, 506 Wounded in Iraq

A higher number of casualties from the Baghdad protests was reported on Saturday.

Parallels Between Israel and 1930s Germany

"Please don’t write about Ya’ir Golan!" a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!" So I abstained for some weeks. But I can’t keep quiet any longer. General Ya’ir Golan, the deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, made a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day. Wearing his uniform, […]

Bill Clinton to Poland and Hungary: Do As We Say on Immigration, You Dirty Little Putins!

Shortly after World War II, after the Soviet Red Army liberated Hungary from Nazi occupation, the Hungarians held their first election in six years. The November, 1945 vote resulted in an overwhelming victory for a coalition led by the agrarian, anti-communist Hungarian Smallholders Party. This victory at the ballot box infuriated Hungary’s Communist Party and […]

21 Killed, 124 Wounded in Iraq; Baghdad Protests Turn Deadly

Protests in Baghdad turned deadly on Friday as security forces shot and otherwise repulsed demonstrators who again breached the Green Zone.